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Usyk defeats Fury become undisputed champion

Usyk beats Fury by split decision to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion in 24 years

Usyk defeats Fury, become undisputed champion

Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk, billed as Ring of Fire, was a heavyweight professional boxing match contested between WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight championship.
It was scheduled to take place on 17 February 2024 at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, then postponed due to a facial injury sustained by Fury in training. It was rescheduled the next day and took place on 18 May 2024 at the same venue. Usyk won by split decision.
Oleksandr Usyk (22-0, 14 KOs), who entered with the WBA, IBF and WBO belts, captured Tyson Fury’s (34-1-1, 24 KOs) WBC and lineal titles to become undisputed. The last time boxing had an undisputed heavyweight champion was in 2000 (Lennox Lewis, three-belt era).

In a fight that turned in the ninth round, when Usyk nearly ended the bout and scored a knockdown, two judges scored the bout 115-112 and 114-113 for Usyk, while the third had it 114-113 for Fury.

Both fighters opened the fight with an active jab, but Usyk dictated the pace and had the more significant shots in the first two rounds, catching Fury with a looping left hook late in Round 1 and beginning the second round with a solid two-punch combination.

Usyk continued to press forward in the third round, but Fury began to find a rhythm, throwing more combinations and landing good body shots despite fighting off his back foot. He stayed busy behind his jab and set up a hard right uppercut early in the fourth round, and dug in a hard right hand to the body that made Usyk back up.

A big right uppercut stunned Usyk in Round 6, visibly hurting him and causing him to cover up momentarily. Fury looked to get into a groove, bouncing on his feet and taunting Usyk while pumping sharp jabs.

Fury connected with another hard right uppercut that made Usyk back up in the seventh round, but Usyk kept coming, popping Fury with a straight right hand and finishing the round with a combination.

Usyk showed his heart and struck back in the eighth, scoring with a three-punch combination and forcing Fury to back up into the ropes after a big overhand left. Another big two-punch combination connected for Usyk, and he stunned Fury with a looping right hand in the closing seconds of the round, as swelling began to develop below Fury’s right eye.
Usyk seemed to be reinvigorated to open Round 9, which was a pivotal one for the Ukrainian. He returned to pressuring Fury and connected flush with a big left hand with Fury against the ropes. A huge left hand had Fury in trouble, and Usyk sensed that Fury was hurt and went for the finish, connecting with several hard combinations. Fury was visibly hurt staggered against the ropes, and the referee ruled a knockdown as the bell sounded to end the round.

Usyk backed Fury against the corner as Round 10 opened. Fury still appeared to be dazed from the punishment he took in the previous round, but Usyk stayed patient instead of opening up his attack.

Usyk started aggressively in the 11th round and kept pressing forward. He caught Fury with another hard left hand to the chin, and closed the round with a big right.

 

Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk: Round-by-round analysis

Round 1 update: Fury holds onto the ropes and lets out a big laugh after he makes Usyk miss to the delight of the crowd, a la Muhammad Ali.

Round 1 update: Loud “Usyk” chants before the opening bell. Support seems a bit split. Lots of Brits here as well, of course.

Round 1 update: Oleksandr Usyk takes the opening round on the strength of his body shots. He was able to land southpaw jabs to the midsection and his left hand. Good action. Usyk ended the round with a big overhand left to the chin. 10-9, Usyk.

Round 2 update: Tyson Fury now lands two good right hands and then laughs at Usyk. Spirited fight with so much on the line. And now a big body shot from Fury.

Round 2: Fury lands a big right uppercut to end the round and again smirks at Usyk. Fury’s money punch so far and it’s effective against the much shorter man. Usyk started the round with a nice combination. Close one but edge to Fury. 10-9, Fury. 19-19.

Round 3 update: Fury starting to find a rhythm with his feints. Wants to open Usyk up for that right uppercut again it seems.

Round 3 update: Fury lands a flush right hand that forces Usyk to hold on. Fury gaining confidence now.

Round 3: Fury finding a rhythm now with his jab and feints. He’s boxing from the outside, using his superior height and reach while Usyk presses forward with body shots. Very good fight through three rounds. 10-9, Fury. 29-28, Fury.

Round 4 update: Fury continues to laugh at Usyk. Now holding the ropes while he jabs. But Usyk fires back with a series of clean shots.

Round 4 update: Fury briefly turns southpaw, looking to neutralize Usyk’s overhand left with his jab. Fury now looking to pot shot Usyk. Lands a flush right uppercut and then beats his stomach.

Round 4: Fury continues to pump his jab with great success while his money punch is the right uppercut. Usyk having trouble getting past the jab consistently, but when he does, he’s finding success with the overhand left. Close rounds. 10-9, Fury. 39-37, Fury.

Round 5: Fury continues to work Usyk’s body. And now Usyk cut over the right eye. Fury looking to take control in this ultra-competitive fight. 10-9, Fury. 49-46, Fury.

Round 6 update: Fury rocks Usyk! Big right hand.

Round 6 update: Fury with the shoeshine with the right hand. He’s in the zone now. His best round of the fight. Fury now throwing more in combination. Another right uppercut lands flush. Fury now taunting Usyk by putting his hands behind his back.

Round 6: By far Fury’s best round of the fight, he’s now in control. Throwing in combination far more and he was able to stun Usyk at one juncture. Usyk getting busted up now. Fury ends the round by taunting Usyk with his hands behind his back. 10-9, Fury. 59-55, Fury.

Round 7 update: Big right uppercut from Fury yet again. Usyk needs an answer soon to shift momentum.

Round 7: Usyk finally comes through with an overhand left and a few more shots with Fury pinned in the corner to end the frame. Close round but gave it to Usyk, who is coming forward looking for a spark. 10-9, Usyk. 68-65, Fury.

Round 8 update: Usyk fires two consecutive sharp overhand lefts. And then comes back with another combination. He’s back in this fight.

Round 8: Usyk picks up another round, this one more dominantly. He’s connecting with that overhand left and pushing the big man back. Those overhand lefts landing hard. And Fury now nicked over the left eye. 10-9, Usyk. 77-75, Fury.

Round 9 update: Usyk rocks Fury and the referee gives the count! He’s hurt badly.

Round 9: Usyk lands 14 flush shots and wobbles Tyson Fury around the ring until he finally collapses against the ropes. Fury beats the count and before Usyk can follow up, the round ends. Wow. 10-8, Usyk. 85-85.

Round 10 update: Usyk continuing to connect with that overhand left. Fury needs to push Usyk back and lean on him. Some big-man tactics.

Round 10: Round 10: Usyk doesn’t hurt Fury again after he has that minute to recover in between rounds, but he does bank another one. He is able to connect on that overhand left again and again. Fight on the table entering the championship rounds but Usyk has the momentum. 95-94, Usyk.

Round 11 update: Usyk pressing and pressing. Fury still getting pushed back by the smaller man. Close fight and high tension here in Riyadh for the undisputed heavyweight championship.

Round 12: Close final round. Usyk landed more lefts. Fury with a few good rights. 10-9, Usyk. 115-112, Usyk. We go to the official scorecards.

 

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Usyk beats Fury by split decision to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion in 24 years

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